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Ms. Karen McCann McClelland

Sidwell Friends School

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Sidwell Friends School
United States


Karen has more than 30 years of experience working in camps and independent schools. In her current position as Auxiliary Programs Director, she manages a full time staff of 10 and a seasonal staff of 250+. Since taking over the administration of summer programs at Sidwell Friends School, she has tripled both the number of participants and the program revenue. She manages the After School and Enrichment programs for the Lower and Middle School, the Early Child Development Center, and the shuttle program. Annually, she hosts the Summer Summit professional development program in Washington, DC for area colleagues and speaks at the American Camping Association’s Tri State Conference. She is an advisor for Auxiliary Services Organization (AUXS).  She completed the NAIS Fellowship Program for Aspiring Heads, her MBA at Marymount University, and Med  focusing on School Leadership at Johns Hopkins.  

Karen currently coaches youth soccer and basketball teams in Arlington Soccer Association (VA), Stoddert Soccer Association (DC), and Montgomery County (MD) while also playing on two women’s teams. She manages her daughter's travel soccer team and serves as the registrar for her son's travel team. She is a member of the Arlington Soccer Association's High School Soccer Committee.

Before joining the administrative team at Sidwell Friends School, Karen was the Dean of Students at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, VA. She was the Director of Business Operations for the Explorations Summer Intermediate Program and an Associate at ICF, Inc. She has served on the Board for Rosslyn’s Children Center and was the Enrichment Coordinator for Ashlawn Elementary School’s PTA.